Why do some people get as many image duels in an hour and a half as I get in 6 hours?

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We're in the same category - I'm doing well - over 500 - paused - people uploading in the final few hours - more duels - past me like a shot.
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Shooting America and Jane Spencer, as to Shooting America's last response, to me, therein the problem lies--the computer slows/pauses what it thinks won't score high, instead of just allowing voters to decide and allowing all photos to proceed at the same pace for voting. So, really, in the end, is it only the voters who are really deciding or is it mostly the computer, using some of the same analytics used in some stock photo sites? I think I know...
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Lenore: I had already figured out that an image needs a win first - didn't realize that it needed more than one immediate win to have a chance. I have resubmitted until I get that first win - will have to pay even more attention. Today (yesterday), I submitted an image that made it to 650 and - although it was at #9 two minutes before the "day ended," it still finished at 11th place. So, it had 22 image duels left which I deleted because I've seen these things start backwards - virtually every time. Just checked it and Pixoto is running it - because they have the right to duel with it to their hearts content regardless of what happens score-wise to the image. My problem is that I take this all too seriously - probably because I work very hard to submit good images. I did all right today - but tomorrow? Who knows? Maybe I just need to lighten up! Thank you for good information that I didn't have.
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You're welcome. I have had online success at Redbubble, you may want to give them a try. After all, no harm in trying :-)
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Jane,

First, I love your spunk, your level headed understanding and business sense.

As you already know, your images aren't dueling with "real images", they are dueling against images with an existing track record of winning. They are dueling against a computer that wins...

Furthermore, the images are stock and are not marketable -- I call it beautifully pointless.

Your images, on the other hand are dynamically driven by how you are stimulated to take them. Individuality is not conformity to some kind of computerized social game that isn't in present time, isn't taking chances and for certain, doesn't make money selling images.

But you do and can and will make money with your camera.

I know I have over the years and I darn well don't need a website to tell me what will or will not sell or try showing me just how much better a handful of elite photographers with tons of money to throw around are somehow better photographers than myself or you.

Pictures are supposed to be seen and paid for by real people who appreciate real photographers and not by a computer program.
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Lenore: There were people at my old site that were happy with Redbubble. I'll give it a look. Thanks again for your very good advice. Really appreciate it.
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You're welcome :-)
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redwar: Wow! Very passionate reply .. . refreshing!

Since I understand the winning formula - last night I uploaded 3 images. They did not start out with a lot of wins - so I resubmitted them. Didn't work - so I deleted them. Why should I keep checking on images hopefully waiting for them to take off when they stand still around 30 to 50 image duels . . . for hours?

Trouble is that my image is my canvas. Once the camera is done, I spend hours doing more and making the image mine. It's foolish to pour hours into an image and really believe that it's special - only to watch it stall. It's disheartening.

I have to be honest. I've done OK here as far as awards are concerned. I've made 50 cents. Still, I have one kind of miraculous miracle image a week - always a complete and total surprise! Like: "You've got to be kidding me! No one in their right mind would ever buy that!" But . . . I'll take it. On the other hand, there are about 30 disappointments a week. Leaves you feeling bad about yourself. Who needs that much negative personal press?

I'm going to do without the 30 disappointments a week. I can delete in a few minutes and walk away like nothing ever happened. No dragging it out over a day - checking it at work - (I own my own business and can do that)) and feeling lousy every time I click on my site. Turning over a new leaf . . . will be feeling a lot better! Thanks for the input!

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